Losing weight boils down to burning more calories than you eat. Many people think planned exercise is best for burning calories, but everyday activities like stacking wood can use a significant amount of energy.
How many calories you burn depends on your basal metabolic rate. Your BMR is the amount of energy your body uses for breathing, circulating blood, growing, adjusting hormones and repairing cells. This is commonly known as your metabolism. Your body size, muscle mass, gender and age affect your BMR.
Splitting, stacking and carrying wood can be intense exercise, requiring nearly all of the muscles in your body. According to experts at Harvard Medical School, people who weigh 125 lbs. burn about 150 calories stacking wood for 30 minutes. If you weigh 155 lbs., you’ll burn 186 calories, and at 185 lbs., you’ll burn 222 calories. This is the same amount you would burn while walking at 4.5 mph.
One pound of fat equals 3,500 calories. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends losing weight by cutting 250 calories from your diet and burning 250 calories through physical activity each day. Do this for seven days, and you’ll lose 1 lb. Stacking wood for about one hour burns the recommended 250 calories.